GCC History Club Presents “Four Days After Appomattox”

Proceeds to Benefit Spring Trip

Batavia, NY- The History Club at Genesee Community College is planning an educational spring break trip to Richmond, Virginia and the surrounding area in March 2017. In an effort to support the experiential learning opportunity and raise the necessary funds, the club is hosting a special event on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 7 p.m. in room T102 of the Conable Technology Building at the GCC Batavia campus. “Four Days After Appomattox” with General Robert E. Lee will take the audience back in time to the end of the Civil War just days after Lee surrendered to Union General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House. General Lee recounts the war and imagines a future for himself and his countrymen.


“Tom Schobert’s impression of Robert E. Lee is the very best historical impression I have ever witnessed,” Derek Maxfield, GCC associate professor of history and history club advisor said. “I have seen the ‘Four Days’ presentation several times and am always profoundly moved by it. He really captures Lee’s character and manner and gives a spellbinding presentation.”


The very moving program features Thomas Schobert, a Robert E. Lee impressionist of many years’ experience. Schobert began his impression on the eve of the Civil War Sesquicentennial in 2011. Prior to donning the famous gray uniform, Schobert had been a long-time Union reenactor doing a medical impression. Schobert brought to his impression many years of military experience in the U.S. Army, retiring a Lieutenant Colonel.


“It seems so appropriate to host the Lee presentation when the History Club has determined to go to the Richmond, Virginia area on spring break,” Maxfield added. “I am excited by the prospect of taking the Club to Richmond and Washington, DC. There are so many great historical sites we could visit! The problem will be the selection process given the limited amount of time, and raising the necessary funds.”


Tickets for the event are $15 each or two for $25 and will be available at the door; cash and checks only. To reserve tickets, contact Derek Maxfield at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu or by calling (585) 343-0055 ext. 6288. Ticket-holders will have an opportunity to have their picture taken with General Lee at no additional charge after the presentation.


For more information, contact Marketing Communications Associate Director Donna Rae Sutherland at (585) 343-0055 ext. 6616, or via email: dsutherland@genesee.edu.


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Editor’s Note:

For a photo of Tom Schobert’s impression of Robert E. Lee go to:  http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/GeneralRobertE_Lee.jpg